With winter fully here, I’m finding it so difficult to even want to get out of bed never mind test out new products and try to get pictures…I’m not alone right?
I have managed to overcome this week though to bring you a post! I’m testing a brand that I’ve coveted for so long – Spectrum!
I first tried a Spectrum brush in one of first Birchbox deliveries and I’ve followed the brand on Instagram ever since!
I love that they are cruelty free and vegan and their designs are always so beautiful! I don’t think I’ve ever hated any of their designs – I would quite happily have any of them on my dressing table!
Their Disney’s The Little Mermaid collection is to die for and I wish I could justify the expense but as I only use brushes for my powder and eyes then I don’t see the point in shelling out for a collection that I can’t get full use of.
I came across the Perfect Blend – 8 piece Eye Set when I was Christmas shopping on the Boots website during their Black Friday event and I thought I would treat myself too!
The set was £29.99 – which seems like a lot but I’m expecting to use these for quite a long time!
The brushes, as I mentioned, are really pretty. The blue to purple bristles compliment the pink and black handle really well. Each brush also has the Spectrum logo and brush number on it which I guess you wouldn’t need once you get used to which brushes you want to use but it is a nice touch!
The first time I used them I panicked a little as I really didn’t like them as much as I thought they would and was very disappointed.
I started off by using the instructions on the back on the pack – having never used a numbered brush set before, I was looking for a bit of guidance – but quickly realised I preferred using the brushes differently than the pack suggested.
The suggested guidance is to use the large shaders A07, A08 and C06 to lay down a base colour and then use B04 and B06 to blend the colour out. You’d then use A12 and A16 to add depth and be more precise with your colour. Finally, A13 can be used for your lower lash line.
I’m definitely not a makeup artist so I am probably using everything wrong but I do have my own way of doing my makeup and I’m fussy when it comes to my blending brush!
I prefer to use B06 or B04 to start with as I find they are dense enough to provide a nice even sweep of colour. I then use A06 to blend – it is denser but I think it blends out the colour really well.
A12 and A13 are perfect for packing colour onto your lid and in your outer and inner corners. I feel they pick up a lot of colour and they’re not so big that it’s hard to place the colour down.
Lastly, I use A16 on my lower lash line as it’s just the right size for me to lay the colour down and blend it out.
The brushes themselves are really soft and there’s no harsh bristles which you can get with some synthetic brushes.
I know this will depend on the eyeshadow formula but I’ve tried these out with the Achelois Goddess Collection, Urban Decay palettes and Sophdoesnails Extra Spice and had no problems blending out any of the colours at all.
My biggest issue with brushes is shedding so I’m always on the lookout for this and I’m happy to report I’ve had no shedding on any of the brushes even after cleaning and a wee bit of rough handling to be doubly sure!
Spectrum recommend you clean your brushes once a week and they also have a vegan shampoo you can use to do that. I’ll be honest, I don’t clean my brushes nearly enough but this has never caused me any problems so it’s likely I won’t be changing my routine any time soon!
I think a set of good brushes can definitely be seen as an investment as your going to be using them any time you put your makeup on. Using tools that are good quality will make applying your makeup much easier and quicker so would definitely recommend you do this. I’m sad I didn’t buy these before now!
What is your favourite Spectrum Collection? Or do you favour another brand?
With the new year approaching fast, what would you like to see coming up? Any products you’re really looking forward to or that you want me to try? Let me know in the comments below!
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I have some time off work soon so I will hopefully have my posting schedule back to normal soon, thanks for being so patient with me!